LuxeGetaways Magazine – Spring 2017 | While it is true that Miami is no stranger to buzz-worthy developments making the international headlines, Island Gardens will be one of the largest accomplishments in Miami’s history, and due to be fully operational by the 2018/19 season. From the retail and dining opportunities of Coconut Grove to the arts and culture of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami has evolved to be much more than just beaches and boardwalks. With the constant development and growth, affluent residents and tourists continue to find more reasons to spend time in the Miami area, making it more important than ever to continue enhancing the level of hotels, residences, retail, restaurants and activities to meet the demands of this discerning demographic.
Miami is hotter than ever with the over-the-top developments that are in the works alongside the mesmerizing seaside destination of Island Gardens. Two of these developments certainly worthy of mentioning are the Brickell City Centre that is near completion and includes high-end retail, condos, offices and even the tallest building to date in Miami; and Miami Worldcenter that is only in the beginning stages, but is another multi-billion dollar project that will feature an enormous mall, rooftop soccer field, Marriott Marquis hotel with convention center and a number of residential towers. These luxury complexes are flourishing, and the South Florida development companies seem to show no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
When Island Gardens is completed, this area of Miami will be utterly transformed, and will feature two luxury hotels, 220,000 square feet of high-end retail and an international collection of waterfront dining options. Perfect for the entire family, Island Gardens is designed to be publicly accessible, and will feature a unique collection of public art installations and civic art. While the events at Island Gardens will certainly be plentiful throughout the year, Superyacht Miami is set to be the pinnacle of these luxury events; designed by Show Management, this extension of the Yachts Miami Beach Show will exclusively cater to the superyachts taking advantage of Island Gardens Deep Harbour’s revolutionary design.
Ideally located in the heart of Biscayne Bay, Island Gardens is strategically situated between Miami’s Arts and Culture District, and the ever-popular South Beach. Looking beyond the commercialized benefits of Biscayne Bay for our modern lifestyles, this area is also naturally significant in many ways. It is the largest estuary on the southeast coast of Florida with a complex ecosystem totaling 428 square miles, and is contiguous with the famous Everglades and Florida Bay. Biscayne Bay is not only home to the Biscayne Bay National Park, the largest marine park in the national park system, but also the Oleta River State Park, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Barnacle State Historic Site and more.
What does it take to be a marina that caters specifically to superyachts? Island Gardens Deep Harbour is the first deep-water marina of this capacity in the Western Hemisphere, and opens the door for those superyacht owners wanting to park their “home-away-from-home” at a cutting-edge marina with endless shopping and dining venues just steps away from the docks. With 5,000 linear feet (1524 meters) of slips, Island Gardens Deep Harbour can accommodate 50 of the largest superyachts in the world, stretching up to 550 feet (168 meters) with drafts of 18 to 21 feet (5.5 to 6 meters) deep. These available state-of-the-art utilities, posh amenities and first-class resources look to secure Island Gardens as one of the most sought-after year-round yachting destinations in the world, and most certainly, the United States.
This development is still not yet fully operational with the hotels, restaurants and residences; but the marina is fully operational now, and is accepting daily, monthly, seasonal and annual leases. Currently, The Deck is an exquisite superyacht marina-front amenity that is now open, and quickly becoming one of the favorite hotspots for locals and tourists alike who are looking for some of the most amazing views imaginable of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami. The truth is in the numbers when it comes to developments of this size, and the total non-recurring benefits expected for the state, city and county is $228,780,825, and total recurring is $74,363,730. This unique ability to berth superyachts alongside immediate access to a helipad and seaplane terminal establishes Island Gardens as Miami’s exclusive destination that can be directly accessed by air, land or sea.
Island Gardens: www.islandgardens.com
The Deck: www.islandgardens.com/the-deck
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: www.arshtcenter.org
Brickell City Centre: www.brickellcitycentre.com
Miami Worldcenter: www.miamiworldcenter.com
Biscayne Bay National Park: www.nps.gov/bisc
Oleta River State Park: www.floridastateparks.org/park/Oleta-River
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park: www.floridastateparks.org/park/Cape-Florida
Barnacle State Historic Site: www.floridastateparks.org/park/The-Barnacle